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AFC Beach Soccer Championship 2017
05 Mar 2017

Iran and Afghanistan poised for Group A clash

Both nations clinched victories on Sunday, with the former champions doing so in style.


Iran and Afghanistan warmed up for their intriguing encounter on Monday after each claiming impressive wins on day two of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship in Malaysia.

The sides meet in the final game of the day tomorrow in what promises to be an entertaining and decisive contest in terms of who progresses from Group A.

Former winners Iran opened their 2017 campaign in style as they hammered hosts Malaysia 14-0.

Fresh from their Persian Beach Soccer Cup success on home sand, the 2013 Asian champions proved a cut above their opponents, with Mohammadali Mokhtari and Farid Boulokbashi each bagging hat-tricks.

Earlier, Afghanistan moved outright top of the pool with a 7-2 win over a China side still without a point. Rohullah Rastagar saw his side down Malaysia on the opening day and, once again, Afghanistan showed their clinical side going forward.

Raof Qaderi and Sami Ullah Mohammadi proved the main sources of inspiration as they helped maintain Afghanistan’s strong start to proceedings in Kuala Terengganu.

Sunday results

14.30: Afghanistan 7-2 China

16.00: Malaysia 0-14 Iran

Monday fixtures

10.00: UAE v Iraq

11.30: Japan v Qatar

13.00: Oman v Thailand

14.30: Bahrain v Malaysia

16.00: Iran v Afghanistan

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
November 21, 2019 - December 01, 2019
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Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Japan JPN 3 3 0 0 14 10 4 9
Swizerland SUI 3 1 1 1 18 17 1 5
Paraguay PAR 3 1 0 2 15 13 2 3
Usa USA 3 0 0 3 10 17 -7 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Italy ITA 3 2 0 1 21 10 11 6
Uruguay URU 3 2 0 1 9 9 0 6
Tahiti TAH 3 2 0 1 16 17 -1 6
Mexico MEX 3 0 0 3 3 13 -10 0
Group Stage - Group C
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Russia RUS 3 2 0 1 14 14 0 6
Senegal SEN 3 2 0 1 17 11 6 6
Uae UAE 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3
Belarus BLR 3 1 0 2 10 13 -3 3
Group Stage - Group D
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Brazil BRA 3 3 0 0 29 11 18 9
Portugal POR 3 2 0 1 20 11 9 6
Oman OMA 3 1 0 2 9 16 -7 3
Nigeria NIG 3 0 0 3 8 28 -20 0
Quarter-finals
Brazil BRA 3 - 4 RUS Russia
Senegal SEN 2 - 4 POR Portugal
Italy ITA 5 - 4 SUI Swizerland
Japan JPN 3 - 2 URU Uruguay
Semi-finals
Italy ITA 8 - 7 RUS Russia
Japan JPN 3 - 3 (1 - 2) (PSO) POR Portugal
Play-off for 3rd place
Russia RUS 5 - 4 JPN Japan
Final
Italy ITA 4 - 6 POR Portugal
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